Scottsdale Links Resort
What We Love
- A spacious one- or two-bedroom abode in the Arizona desert, with room for up to sixHitting the local golf courses, spas and restaurants, many just a walk or short drive away
- Taking a hike or horseback ride around McDowell Mountain
- Sunning by the pool, before gathering around a gas grill for a barbecue
- Taking advantage of your accommodation’s full kitchen, including a dishwasher
What To Know
- Covered parking is available
- There are no elevators; if you're staying on the second or third floor, be prepared to lug your suitcases up to your room
- Free WiFi
- Very close to multiple golf courses, restaurants and shops
Long past its humble origins as a desert boomtown, Scottsdale has evolved into a world-class hub for food, wellness and golf getaways. And while the “links” in Scottsdale Links Resort refers to the last type of escape, since golf courses abound in its vicinity, this property does a pretty good job of hooking you up with numerous restaurants and spas, too. If you prefer more adventurous types of activities, take to McDowell Mountain or Pinnacle Peak for a hike. More of an architecture enthusiast? Visit the home where Frank Lloyd Wright spent more than 20 years.
Scottsdale is also known as an old-fashioned resort town, a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach,” in the words of The New York Times – and if you remain on-site, you’ll get a taste of this other side of the southwestern destination. Accommodations here are designed as peaceful, well-appointed retreats from the desert sun, with a full kitchen, and there are gas grills outside, if you’d like to host an impromptu barbecue. To help you cool off, a large turquoise pool occupies the center of the property, lined with loungers and stands of palms. Just call this stay the perfect local base – to a tee.
Good to know
Please note that a resort fee of $15 (plus tax) per room, per night is payable directly to the hotel. The resort fee includes Wi-Fi; parking; recreational facilities, including pools, the spa, the children’s splash pad and garden playground; access to the 24-hour fitness room; DVD rental; seasonal activities; use of garden chess, garden gas grill and fire pit; 24-hour coffee and tea in the lobby; 24-hour use of business-center computers and boarding-pass printing.
Make yourself cozy in your one- or two-bedroom abode, which features a full kitchen – complete with a stove and dishwasher – a dining-room table and a living area with a queen-sized sofa bed. One-bedroom units measure 921 square feet and hold a king bed in the bedroom, while the two-bedroom option offers a spacious 1,143 square feet with a king bedroom and a queen bedroom.
Amenities – Air conditioning- Satellite TV- Alarm clock- Ceiling fan- Dining-room table- Iron and ironing board- King bed- Laundry facilities- Safe- Sleeper sofa- Sofa- Telephone- Voicemail- Washer/dryer- Wired Internet (fees may apply)- Blender- Coffee maker- Cooking utensils- Dishes- Dish detergent- Microwave- Oven- Refrigerator- Silverware- Toaster- Bath amenities- Hair dryer- DVD player
Once a sleepy town in the Arizona desert, Scottsdale has grown into a veritable oasis for rest and relaxation. From the charming sights of Old Town to its array of deluxe wellness destinations and golf courses, the city is a playground for grown-ups, brimming with wine bars, fine-dining rooms, upscale shops and art galleries. The hotel is located in the heart of it all, just minutes from the numerous spas and restaurants, and roughly a 40-minute drive to McDowell Mountain Regional Park, where you can hike, bike or horseback ride. For a day trip, head north to the Grand Canyon, or spend an afternoon taking a ride on a hot-air balloon.
How to Get There
Stayed two nights at the Scottsdale Links Resort in early June for an impromptu, quick antiqueing trip to the Phoenix area. Booked the stay through the hotel tonight app.
Arrived at the hotel late in the evening. Check in was quick and efficient. Was surprised to learn of a $50 per night "resort fee". It wasn't the hotels fault, I was quick to book and didn't read the fine print on hotel tonight's listing so word of caution. Resort fee apparently covers cost of grounds which includes two pools, a 24 hour-access fitness center, parking and general grounds upkeep. It's even more of a waste of travel $ as I used none of these facilities (except for parking). To add insult to injury I was told that due to the length of my stay, I would not receive room cleaning services. In light of this I'm knocking some stars from the review due to sub-par value.
In terms of the grounds - they resemble a large, sprawling, suburban American condominium complex with numerous 2-level blocks of apartment-style accommodations. Many have balconies and terraces - including my first-level apartment. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to enjoy it for two reasons - the complex was undergoing re-stucco-ing renovations and secondly, June heat is unbearable in Phoenix (this second reason of course is not the hotel's fault :) ). The check in attendant made sure to remind me that the renovations had been clearly communicated on the resort's website, however as I booked through a third party I wasn't aware.
The room was incredibly spacious, clean and well-maintained. Way too much space for 1 traveler on a quick trip but all the same made for a comfortable stay.
Full kitchen was a great feature and included full-sized appliances (oven, refrigerator), utensils, cookware, coffee maker, etc. Full dining room with dining table and chairs.
Large living room just off the kitchen w/ flat screen tv. Sofa - I imagine has a pull out bed, but didn't check as I had no need for it so it's only an assumption on my part.
Large master bed with incredibly comfortable king sized bed. Flat screen TV a very large walk-in closet and plenty of storage (dresser drawers, shelves). Bathroom was new, well maintained.
Apartment had lots of windows - lots of natural light. Many of the windows and front door faced a busy street but regardless, did not hear much traffic or noise. I did, however hear quite a bit of noise from the upstairs guest - footsteps, conversation, laughter, tv sound, etc.
Ample and covered self parking available - also included in resort fee.
I'd say accommodations are best suited for travelling families as the apartments are spacious, have full accommodations, 2 pools and resort plans daily activities (crafts, etc. - most at an extra cost). Don't expect a lot of style or character so if your a fan of boutique, luxury or quirky hotels - this is about as opposite as you could hope for.
This timeshare is not a resort. However, there is a fee of $25 per day. I guess this fee is because of the pools? I couldn't figure out why there was a fee. The resort is under construction and they do have announcements about this on the website. When you are walking to the pool and your view is a chain link fence and appliances out on balconies, it doesn't feel like vacation. It felt old and junky and borderline sketchy. The room was basic, smelled like mold/mildew and was a basic apartment. It was spacious. The shower had mold/mildew and super low water pressure. We left after one day. This might work for a super budget trip but it just wasn't for us. We didn't notice a noise issue which others had mentioned. We were also there less than 24 hours.
Beautiful and relaxing resort close to the highway, shops and restaurants, but very quiet.
The one bedroom had a king sized bed and the most comfortable sofa sleeper I've ever slept on. Large kitchen, walk in closet, bathroom, dining area. Request the 2nd level so you get a balcony. I enjoyed my coffee and breakfast on the balcony every morning. 3rd level is also nice, but there are no elevators.
Swimming pool, hot tub, multiple BBQ grills, ping pong, chess, activities for the kiddos. Never a dull moment. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend this resort.
We stay here on a regular basis when doing business in Scottsdale. We like the resort and the staff is great. Our only complaint is that the knives in the kitchens are so dull that they are dangerous. We have asked for new knives and they are no sharper than what we started with.
Very disappointed. We were trying to enjoy a short visit and both mornings were woken up early with loud noise, day 1 contruction noise bright and early day 2 lawn care starting by 8am. Lastly the check In time isn’t until 4pm, and you have to check out by 10 am with no option to extend check out. VERY VERY inconvenient if you arrive in the am and leave in the pm. Would not stay again.